S.Korean court extends detention of ousted Park

Source:Reuters Published: 2017/10/13 23:18:39

Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye will be kept in detention a further six months, a Seoul court ruled Friday, as she stands trial in a corruption case that toppled her from power.

The sprawling scandal involving the former leader and her powerful secret confidante, Choi Soon-sil, unleashed massive nationwide protests last year and has exposed networks of privilege among the country's business and political elite.

The Seoul Central District Court on Friday extended Park's detention until April next year, citing a potential risk of evidence being destroyed.

She stands accused of offering policy favors to business tycoons including Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong who helped enrich Choi - the daughter of a shady religious figure who was a longtime mentor to Park until his death in 1994.

Park is also accused of letting Choi, who has no title or security clearance, handle a wide range of state affairs including senior nominations and cabinet formation, as well as her daily wardrobe choices during her tenure.

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